Unfortunately, victims of dog bites and attacks are nearly always children. Dog bites and attacks can lead to long-term problems, including a lifelong fear of dogs and permanent scars from bites and attacks.
Dangerous Dog and Animal Codes in Arlington TX
In Arlington Texas, the codes for dangerous animals are:
“1. A dog that makes an unprovoked attack on a human which causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the animal was kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the animal from leaving the enclosure on its own; or 2. A dog that commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the animal was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the animal from leaving the enclosure on its own, and those acts cause.”
It is important to understand what these rules mean; an animal that is provoked and subsequently attacks the person provoking them is not considered dangerous. However, the owner of an animal who has previously attacked or bit someone can be held liable for any injuries the dog causes.
Are You the Victim of a Dog Attack?
The first thing you need to do is file a report with the police after seeking medical attention. Generally, if you’re reporting a dangerous dog, you need to do so in writing and you may be required to have the statement notarized.
When seeking medical care for yourself or a family member, you should inform the physician a dog caused your injuries; particularly if there is a concern about infection from rabies or other diseases. Keep in mind, serious bites can cause nerve damage and leave permanent scarring.
One thing to keep in mind is dog bites are often not reported to Animal Services or the police. Since Texas is a “one-bite” rule state, you may need to contact neighbors, check with mail carriers or other delivery services to see if the dog has previously been aggressive. You may contact them yourself or work with a dog attack attorney.
Dog Attack Attorney in Arlington TX & Columbia SC
Even if this is the first time a dog has attacked or bitten another person, you can still collect from the owner’s insurance company. Most homeowner policies cover this type of incident under general liability policies. However, in order to collect you may need a dog attack attorney to represent you. Oftentimes, insurance companies will try to place the blame for the attack on the victim; at Branch & Dhillon, P.C. we’ve spent years helping victims of dog bites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Columbia, South Carolina.
If you or your child has been attacked or bitten by a dog once you’ve sought medical attention, consider contacting Branch & Dhillon, P.C. We’ll fight hard to make sure the insurance company pays all of the medical bills including plastic surgery to repair scars, any medical treatment that may be required for infection and any time lost from work due to your injuries. Remember, if we are not successful in getting compensation on your behalf, you owe us nothing.